Nov 29, 2012 4:00am PST
in some sections of the u.s., and hurricane sandy hampered northeast economic growth. information compilied in the fed's beige book will be considered at the fed's next meeting december 11 & 12. the dollar figure on damage caused by superstorm sandy continues to climb. new jersey governor chris christie is asking the federal government to cover nearly $37 billion in damages. fema has already handed out more $500 million in assistance. yesterday, new york governor andrew cuomo pegged sandy damage at $32 billion in his state. insurance giant allstate predicts it will lose 1 billion dollars in catastrophe costs in october, mostly due to sandy. bp is getting a slap on the wrist from the government. the enviornmental protection agency will temporarily suspend the company from opening new contracts. following the 2010 deepwater horizon spill, the epa says bp acted with a "lack of business integrity." it will not impact bp's current contracts. earlier this month, bp pled guilty to charges connected to the 2010 deepwater horizon spill and was slapped with a $4.5 billion fine. bp's suspen
Dec 4, 2012 4:00am PST
are back on track after hurricane sandy disrupted the pace. dealership showrooms are busy again with people forced to buy cars demolished by the storm, and consumers are feeling more confident about the economy. at ford, sales were up 6.5%. gm reported a 3.4% hike in sales, while at chrysler, a 14% boost was reported. joe wiesenfelder of cars.com says due to superstorm sandy, the numbers may continue to roll in positive for months to come. "some of what we are seeing is probably deferred purchases in november from that period of the storm itself. gains were also reported among foriegn brands like toyota, where sales were up 17%. the automaker continues to recover from last year's devastating tsunami. a deal may be taking flight between virgin atlantic and delta. reuters reports that singapore airlines is planning to sell its 49% stake in virgin atlantic. sources say delta could be stepping in to buy, which would give delta access to virgin atlantic's hub at london's heathrow airport. due to heathrow's high volume of flights, many airlines are interested in acquiring space there. the bank at
Nov 30, 2012 4:00am PST
of that merchandise off the shelves. > a number of retailers are mentioning that hurricane sandy damaged their sales. could that benefit some consumers? > > it is going to depend on where you live. if you live on the east side or the northeast side, where you were hit by hurricane sandy, you are probably going to see some good sales on luxury items, because right now people are spending their money on home improvement, and they are spending their money on recouping the everyday stuff they lost in the hurricane. meanwhile, on the west coast, those luxury items are already being sold at a pretty steady pace right now, so you are not likely to see a lot of sales on that. but certainly there will be sales, and dependent on how the season progresses, you can expect sales like that. but you are better off on the east coast getting sales on luxury goods than you will be on the west coast. > thank you very much for that update. jen waters. > > thank you. two million toys seized so far this year, and that's before christmas. that number comes from the u.s. consumer product safety commission, along with u.s.
Dec 3, 2012 4:00am PST
some skewed data from hurricane sandy but you back that out and i think things really stand the same. gold futures and options are very popular right now. what's going on here? i think really one has to think about if this economy would ever get any legs, any momentum. you have to think about the inflation picture. the fed has got so much emphasis on this market. it's an open ended quantitative easing market at this point. any type of momentum, any type of inflation, people are going to be concerned about that and that's why you're seeing this major interest in gold. will warmer this week bring a chill to nat gas? i think definitely it will. you saw last week futures prices sink back to 350 or so on a bigger build in inventories when we were expecting a draw. we look at the extended range forecast and we do see warmer temps across the east coast and the midwest. it's going to take a cold winter to draw off these inventories and to bring prices back up to higher levels and we're just not seeing that at this point. thanks kevin, have a good week. thank you. mexico's new president was i